On the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains, the candidates gave varying answers.
Gowan said the mine is a federal issue that he has little power over in the state Legislature. He did say that he could fight for the district’s water quality and to make sure any mine wouldn’t tear up area roads.
Schneider said the mine is, in all likelihood, going to become a reality and that if Rosemont Copper meets all the required regulations, the mine should move forward. She said the jobs the mine brings in would be a boon.
“Rosemont has been a good neighbor,” she said.
Knurr said he understands both sides of the issue, and that he even hunts in the area of the Santa Ritas where the mine is planned. However, he said that Rosemont has been more than transparent and has shown a “painful willingness” to answer Southern Arizonans questions about the mine.
“They’ve done their homework,” he said. “They’ve answered every issue that’s come before them.”
Sposito came down hardest on the mine. He said the mine is more than likely to go ahead, but said that Rosemont Copper is “a foreign corporation that will harvest America’s resources and send them to Asia.”
Augusta Resource Corp., which owns the Rosemont project, is a Canadian company.